Category Archive: Just the Journal

Oct 09 2014

Stalking Sophie’s neighbor Saga

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One of the nicest things about Coach Bad-@$$ AKA my friend Sophie (and there are MANY to choose from) is that she is tuned-in to other stuff about me besides my fitness quest and her power to torture me with Burpees, military push-ups and interminable planks.(And whatever else she comes up with …stay tuned.) For …

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Oct 01 2014

The Ugly Shoe Collection goes multi-media!

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I have a well-deserved reputation for wearing highly functional, sturdy, often sporty, and always comfortable shoes. Aesthetics and styling rarely factor into what I put on my feet, which dates all the way back to my pre-teen years when a podiatrist told my Mom to pray that Earth Shoes never go out-of-style since they were the best …

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Sep 09 2014

I’m not adoring the new Dior ad

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Like many Charlize Theron fans, I always look forward to the release of the latest ad for the Dior perfume J’adore. The South African beauty (and long-time occupier of a Top-3 spot on my Freebie List) has been the official face (and body) of the designer fragrance since 2004, and somewhat impossibly, seems to get more …

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Sep 05 2014

Well-hidden talents

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Me: That was a really good workout! Tabata instructor (who had never met me before): You did *really* well. Me: I’m in a little bit better shape than I look. Tabata Instructor: Yes you ARE! Me: Thanks … I think.   Related articles Pressed for time? Try a Tabata workout Get in shape with Tabata …

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Jun 14 2014

Race Day!!!

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[Insert Carol Ann from "Poltergeist" impression] “It’s Heeeeeere.” After a year of blood (blisters), sweat and occasional tears, the day of reckoning has finally arrived. Because barring some catastrophic incident (or me just completely wimping out at the last-minute), I will be running in the 2014 MalmöMilen 10k Race in a couple of hours … …

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Jun 10 2014

Sudden realization of the not-so-welcome kind

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So this morning, I made a rather rash decision to wear a pair of vibrant purple Salomon trail running shoes to work. It was a whim, really. Something I thought my colleagues would get a kick out of. What was I thinking? Why do I own a pair of purple Salomon trail running shoes, you …

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Apr 27 2014

MalmöMilen registration: check and checkmate

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Actual text message conversation from this morning: Shazzer: Guess who just registered for the MalmöMilen? Coach Bad-@$$: Dr. Darling? Shazzer: Well yes, her, too, CHEEKY MONKEY!!! Coach Bad-@$$: 10 burpees to celebrate!!!  Shazzer: You’re killing me,  Coach! I just got back from a run!  Coach Bad-@$$: Haha…that’s amazing! 10 more burpees! Shazzer: I am *literally* laughing out loud! And …

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